Liverpool’s season promised a lot but delivered very little. Most of the players that were brought in the summer window last year were getting to step into the bigger leagues and a chance to make a name for themselves at one of the most iconic clubs in the world.
The success rate in the transfer market for the Merseyside club is not high and that could be down to the reason that the players that have left were never adequately replaced. This has been the major reason for the club not battling it out with the current top 4 regularly for the title and mainly a spot in the UEFA Champions League.
Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Jamie Carragher, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and recently Luis Suarez have never been swapped for someone who has come in and hit the ground running straight away. This summer is crucial for Liverpool considering they will bid goodbye to what all generations of KOP fans will call the best player to have ever donned the Reds’ jersey – Steven Gerrard!
Let’s take a look at 5 players that will help take Liverpool forward from where they are currently are at the moment:
Petr Cech (Goalkeeper):
Cech would be available come the summer transfer window and would bring in title winning experience from the Blue half of London. The veteran stopper is adept with the ball at his feet and distribution is excellent, something would be considered ideal for the way Rodgers’ side plays. He is not behind his best years and would provide excellent competition for Simon Mignolet who has finally starting to show the Merseyside faithful the quality keeper that he is.
Nathaniel Clyne (Right Back):
The thought of signing yet another Southampton player may irk the Liverpool fans but it could be sensible signing for the Reds. The now English first choice full back has shown that he is fully capable of both attacking and defending when required and has also showed he can perform at consistently at good level too. He fits the bill for Liverpool’s transfer philosophy of buying young players with great potential to go on and become a leading player in the league.
Lars Bender (Defensive Midfielder):
The Leverkusen midfielder is a huge part of Roger Schmidt’s plans in the first team. He is a strong DM that would be perfect complement to the energetic Jordan Henderson. He likes to boss the middle of the park and has a crunching challenge on him. Also a decent distributor of the ball he also surprises a few with his average of 11.14 games per goal. He is also wins 2.25 tackles per game which is only slightly less than Lucas Leiva (2.82)
Carlos Tevez (Striker):
The former Manchester City striker has led Juventus to the UCL final this season and his having a stellar for the club from Turin. He’s been a vital cog in the attacking third for Juve and his appetite for the game has never been more. His work ethic is similar to that of Luis Suarez and has scored 20 goals this season at an average of 0.65 per game. Why would he leave Juve? The Italian champions have signed Paulo Dybala to prepare for life after the Argentine striker and the mercurial striker still has a couple of seasons left in him to play at the top level. He loves to drop deep and get involved in the game which is similar to what Suarez did when he played up top with Daniel Sturridge. Luring him with Champions League football would be difficult but not impossible for Liverpool and any move for him would have to result with the club having to break the bank and go against the philosophy of buying younger players. He could be the stop gap solution the Merseyside club require at this moment in time to prevent them from slipping further away into the oblivion.
Alexandre Lacazette (Striker):
The French international has had a steady rise to Ligue 1 stardom. He has drawn interest from the top clubs around Europe and has openly said he would be ready for a move abroad, especially England. His goal score per game average is higher than that of Diego Costa and Harry Kane albeit in a relatively lesser known league. But he is very much a tailor made replacement for Daniel Sturridge and would be a tempting prospect for Brendan Rodgers to say no to. He loves taking on defenders (58.72% successful take-ons per game) and can leave them behind easily because of his space.
Manager Brendan Rodgers’ future is up in the air but with sources saying he will get one last opportunity to bring success to this football club you know there is a big Transfer Window coming up this summer for Liverpool.